The Relationship among Islam and Human Rights

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The relationship among Islam and human rights shapes a significant feature of modern international human rights debates. In present international events there is more relevant topics made about Islam than in international law discourse. Professor Abdullahi An-Na'im is a scholar on this topic who have written journals and books related to this subject. Muslims support that governments have a responsibility to enforce law. In Islam the people are not independent; God alone is sovereign. Human rights, therefore, are to be enforced only as they reflect divine law. Rights approved by God in the Koran are seen as unquestionable. There is a major similarity between the rights proclaimed through international law. But where there is a difference, then Islamic law is to be obeyed. On the other hand, few Muslims argue that the standards of Islam encourage gender equality, but governments that have required effecting Islamic law have distinguished between the rights of men and women. Moreover, Islamic teaching justifies this distinction by arguing that men and women have rights equal with their different roles and responsibilities in society.
First, the reason that Muslims argue for cultural legitimacy in debates addressing international human rights law is because international human rights laws are not comprehensive of the values and organizations of non-Western societies and so these societies are less likely to apply with these laws. Islamic thought on human rights are apart from
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